Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Rebounds

Please comment on the most aggregious case of someone trying to spin this into bad news.

The conference board said it's Consumer Confidence index rose to 102.2 from a revised 97.5 in April. The reading was much better than the 96 that analysts had expected, which would have been a decline from the original April reading of 97.7.

"Consumer confidence improved in May, gaining back nearly all of the ground it lost in April," said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board's Consumer Research Center, in a statement.

One component of the consumer confidence report, the Expectations Index that measures consumers' outlook over the next six months, improved to 92.5 from 86.7. The Present Situation Index, which is more than 26 points higher than a year ago, increased to 116.7 from 113.8.

More Polling Data Shows Support for SS Reform

Most likely voters continue to support President Bush's proposal to let younger workers invest some of their Social Security payroll taxes through personal accounts, a new survey finds.

The poll by independent pollster John Zogby for the Cato Institute, which is being released today, found that when voters understood the benefits of personal investment accounts, including a better financial rate of return than the current system, the Bush plan was supported by 52 percent of Americans and opposed by 40 percent.

'The survey also contained a warning for the Democrats about how their opposition to any reform of the Social Security system is playing with the electorate. "By an overwhelming 70-22 percent margin, voters believe that opponents of President Bush's proposals for Social Security reform have an obligation to put out their own plan for reforming the program," including 55 percent of Democratic voters, Mr. Zogby said in a report of his findings."

In other words, rank obstructionism is going to carry a price....

Friday, May 27, 2005

Judge: Public has right to see abuse photos

Judge Alvin Hellerstein, Clinton appointee 1998.

A federal judge has told the government it will have to release additional pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, civil rights lawyers said.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein, finding the public has a right to see the pictures, told the government Thursday he will sign an order requiring it to release them to the American Civil Liberties Union, the lawyers said.

The judge made the decision after he and government attorneys privately viewed a sampling of nine pictures resulting from an Army probe into abuse and torture at the prison. The pictures were given to the Army by a military policeman assigned there.

Any wonder why we fight over judgeships like there's no tommorrow?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

And The Bolton Nomination is.......

DELAYED do to filibuster.

At extreme risk of having a fatwa issued against me, I post in solidarity with my anglo- brother Dr. Rusty Shackleford and offer up this. Posted by Hello

Update: Rep Conyers issues fatwa against OpiniPundit, The Jawa Report, Vince Art Morire and many more

Responding to the Middle East riots allegedly sparked by the retracted Newsweek Quran-in-toilet story, Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. has proposed a congressional resolution that condemns defamation of Islam's book.

According to Conyers' weblog, the resolution was drafted to "oppose religious intolerance."

BTW isn't this the same guy who ardently defended the "free expression" rights of Andres Serrano to submerge a crucifix in urine and call it high art.

Prisoner Recants Quran-Desecration Claims

WHAT??? A prisoner lied ??? But... but the press quoted this guy, the ACLU relied on his FBI testimony, the left has been citing his allegations, it's not possible!!!

A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who complained that a military guard threw a Quran holy book in the toilet has since recanted the story, senior Pentagon officials said Thursday.

The prisoner, who made his complaint in an FBI interrogation in July 2002, is one of several quoted in newly released documents as saying that U.S. military personnel desecrated the Qurans of Muslim detainees at the prison.

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Iraq unveils massive security offensive

I sense a major terrorist insurgent dirtbag a$$woopin imminent.....

Iraq's government will pour tens of thousands of Iraqi troops into Baghdad in an unprecedented operation to seal off the city and hunt insurgents who have launched a fresh wave of violence, ministers said on Thursday.

Defense Minister Sadoun al-Dulaimi said 40,000 Iraqi troops would be deployed in Baghdad for Operation Thunder, the biggest Iraqi military operation since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Backed by the 10,000 U.S. troops in Baghdad, they will set up hundreds of checkpoints and block roads into the capital.

The dramatic rise in suicide bombings and ambushes by mostly Sunni Arab guerrillas has killed more than 600 Iraqis in the last four weeks and raised fears that Iraq could slide toward civil war if the Shi'ite-led government does not deliver on pledges of stability.

We shall not leave any place for terrorists or those who shelter them and incite terrorism in Iraq," Dulaimi said. "We will stand against all those who try to shed Iraqi blood ... We will implement the law with everything we've got."

Attention Bill Maher

Yea, these pukes sure show a lot of courage eh Bill.

MOSUL , Iraq – An Iraqi child was killed as terrorists and Multi-National Forces exchanged fire in northern Iraq May 26.

Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment came under attack during operations in Tall Afar. Terrorists used Iraqi children as shields when Multi-National Forces returned fire. During the engagement, the child was killed.

Strong Growth in 1st Qtr.

How long has it been since you've heard a liberal lamenting the economy? Leaves them to talk about conservative judges and gay marriage...two real winner issues for sure.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The country's economic performance in the opening quarter of 2005 was better than first thought, logging a solid 3.5 percent annual growth rate in a new sign of a strong springtime business expansion.

The latest reading on gross domestic product, released by the Commerce Department on Thursday, was an upgrade from the 3.1 percent pace initially estimated for the January-to-March quarter.

Prediction: The unemployment rate will drop below 5% yet this year.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

US backs Zarqawi wounding reports

It's looking more likely that the initial reports concerning the wounding of Zarqawi are indeed accurate.

The Herald Sun has this:

US OFFICIALS have given greater credence to reports that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, was wounded in an ambush with US forces but said they still have not been able to confirm it."The assessment is that all these data points may fit together to indicate he has been injured but we can't confirm he has been," a senior US defence official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

and then there's this

In an odd report from MEMRITV al-Jazeera airs the following:

Reporter: Perhaps no man has experienced the paradox of living in the dark while all the world's spotlights are focused on him as much as the mysterious Jordanian, Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi.

This makes him somewhat similar to Osama Bin Laden and the rest of the Al-Qaeda leaders. He differs from them in that he has refrained from sending televised messages, especially in the past two years, in which he his star shone as the most brutal leader of the armed militants fighting the Americans in Iraq.

Before that, only few people had heard the name Al-Zarqawi or knew what he looked like. But when he began to be pursued as America's most wanted man in Iraq, this myth gave rise to attempts to describe him as a symbol of the struggle by some, and a horrifying nightmare by others, while questions regarding his personality and goals still arouse much controversy.
Voice of Al-Zarqawi: "With Allah's help, we raid them as they raid us, and attack them as they attack us."

Reporter: Al-Zarqawi, whose real name is Ahmad Fadil Nazzal Al-Khalayla, was born in 1966 in the Jordanian city of Zarqa, to a family from the Bani Hasan tribe. He spent his childhood in a poor and crowded environment, and in his teens, he became what they call a neighborhood bully. He soon turned to religion and began to frequent mosques, where he made friends with members in Islamic groups calling for Jihad.

In the late 1980's, Al-Zarqawi joined the so-called "Jihad against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan." There he met a man named Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdissi, and after returning to Jordan, the two formed what came to be known as the "Al-Tawhid" group. Its members were arrested by Jordanian security forces in 1994, and were tried in the State Security court.

Maybe it just me but this reads an awful lot like an obit.

Update: Iraq's Interior Minister agrees....

BAGHDAD, May 26 (Reuters) - Reports that Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been wounded are true, Iraq's interior minister told a news conference on Thursday.

Update II: Another interesting article reporting the murderous letch with a bullet still in his back after piercing his lung.

US and Iraqi forces say they have captured or killed about two dozen top members of Zarqawi's network in recent months. The Sunni insurgent sources said such deaths may have undercut support for Zarqawi.

Gallup Shock: 69 Percent Oppose Dem Filibusters

Now this is helpful timing....

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree with Republicans who say President Bush's judicial nominees deserve an up or down vote, according to a Gallup survey released yesterday.

The bombshell survey found that 35 percent "want to see the filibuster rules changed so that those judicial nominees are subject to an up-or-down vote," Gallup said.

Priscilla Owen Confirmed!

Breakdown of vote

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Priscilla Owen as a federal appellate judge, ending the four-year ordeal of the Texas jurist who was thrust into the center of the partisan battle over President Bush's judicial nominations.

The 56-43 vote to appoint Owen to the New Orlean-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a consequence of an agreement reached earlier this week that averted, for the time being, a bitter dispute over Democratic use of the filibuster to block Bush's judicial choices.

Only took 4+ years.

U.S. Launches Major Offensive in Iraq

Operation "New Market" launched. Wonder if a secondary motivation for all this might be finishing off that wounded someone we've all been hearing about.

About 1,000 U.S. Marines, sailors and soldiers encircled this Euphrates River city in the troubled Anbar province before dawn on Wednesday, launching the second major anti-terrorist operation in this vast western region in less than a month.

The offensives are aimed at uprooting terrorists who have killed more than 620 people since a new Iraqi government was announced on April 28. Many of those terrorists are thought to be foreign fighters who have slipped across the border from Syria.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Wash. Judge Allows GOP Charges of Fraud

Things continue to heat up in Washington state. Hope Gregoire hasn't picked out curtains yet.

The judge hearing a challenge to Washington state's 2004 gubernatorial election agreed Tuesday to let Republicans introduce evidence that Democratic-leaning King County recorded several hundred more votes than it could account for.

Republicans allege errors and possible fraud in the county, which includes Seattle, helped Democrats steal the election for Christine Gregoire, who beat Republican Dino Rossi by 129 votes out of 2.9 million cast.

"The evidence is overwhelming that there was unbelievable neglect in King County and, we believe, outright fraud by high-ranking King County officials," GOP attorney Dale Foreman said Monday."

Democrats had tried to block the GOP evidence, saying Republicans had brought up the issue too late and with no evidence to back up its claims.

The Democrats are such hypocritical frauds....Count every vote whether it's legitimate or not. A pox on em all!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Senate Compromise on Judicial Filibusters Reached

The buzz in the blogospere is frantic over the compromise reached by the 14 Senators concerning the 5 Judicial nominees offered up by George Bush. Here is my take, the Republicans won this round. Here's why:

1) We have an up or down vote guaranteed on the 3 most contentious nominees Brown, Owen and Pryor.

2) We have given up nothing. The Dims promised not to filibuster unless under extraordinary circumstances. The other two nominess can be brought to the floor and if filibustered the Dims can be made out to be liars because the 3 most arguably extreme judges have already been allowed through.

3) The nuclear option can still be be used at any time.

4) The Dims got absolutely nothing except it allowed them a way out of this morass without totally losing face.

5) It will be virtually impossible for the Dims to try and filibuster one of these nominees if they are ever in line for the Supreme Court because they have already capitulated on them.

I was never sure that Frist had the votes to go nuclear, if he did he will have them a few weeks down the road should they be needed, if he didn't he averted a potentially devastating embarrassment. The crapweasels blinked and we are better off now then we were a week ago.

Update: Frist on the Senate Floor...

I am not a party of the MOU signed last night by 14 of our colleagues, I have had the opportunity to further review in more detail and the MOU makes modest progress in that three individuals will get up or down votes.

But to me it does stop far short of guaranteeing judicial nominees of the up or down votes for other nominees and other nominees in the future. I say that with civility and trust and with the MOU being a starting point and the spirit in which it was generated, I think we can successfully bring these judicial nominees to a vote. It will be spun by the left and right in various ways but I look at that MOU which I didn't sign off on because it stops far short of what we want, but it does show a way to go forward with nominees with filibuster. Frist:

Other qualified nominees deserve the same up or down vote. The agreement stops far short of the principal that I have brought to the floor.
The agreement if followed in good faith will make filibusters in the future, including Supremem Court nominees, almost impossible. The words in the agreement about extraordinary circumstances, obviously I'm concerned about that because if extraordinary circumstances are described about people like Miguel Estrada, then this agreement will mean very little.

Frist continues, the constitutional option remains on the table. It remains an option and I won't hesitate to use it if necessary as a last resort. It is the only response if there is a change in response like the last Congress. My goal is restoring the principal of fairness for 214 years until the last Congress for up or down votes.

If the other side of the aisle continues the obstructionism and filibustering, the constitutional option will come out once again and I'll set a date to use it.

It's not a threat. It ought to be used to enforce appropriate behavior. All it does it bring it to the floor. (H/T Peach)

N.Y. Times writer protested at event, then wrote about it

It's official, the NYT has lost it's colllective mind. It's not enough that the journalist they have writing for them are biased to the left with few exceptions. The Times now allows actual agenda driven participants to spew their leftist propaganda under the guise of journalism.

The New York Times has admitted it ran an article by a freelance reporter who covered a demonstration in which she participated.

The May 6 story described a protest at Princeton University against the proposal by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist – a Princeton graduate and board member – to bar filibusters on judicial nominees.

The Times said it "does not ordinarily allow its writers to cover events in which they have taken part, and the paper's staff and contributors are not permitted to join rallies or demonstrations on divisive issues. The writer says she was unaware of these policies."

Does not ordinarily???? A newspaper worth their ink should NEVER EVER EVER even consider doing this let alone actually do it. These arrogant self absorbed idiots don't even realize how profoundly ridiculous this concept actually is. Why not allow a politicians campaign manager to report on his bosses campaign. I guess they figure what is lost in objectivity is gained in first hand experience. (heavy sarc).

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Howard Morris Dead at 85

Most of us remember him from the Andy Griffith Show but a few of us oldtimers emjoyed him on Show of Shows with Sid Caesar.

While his face was less known to later generations, Morris's voice popped up all over the airwaves. He could be heard in cartoons, as Fred Flintstone's boss, Mr. Slate, and as Jughead Jones in various televised versions of the "Archie" comic strip, as well as the title character in the animated series "The Atom Ant Show." Morris could also be heard in hundreds of advertisements, as the voice of the Qantas Airways koala ("I hate Qantas"), and as the Hamburglar, burbling "Robble Robble" while making off with Mayor McCheese's lunch in spots for McDonald's. "I have a beach house at Malibu with arches on top of it," he once claimed.

Translation: The Day America Died, The ideal of freedom falls to the ground due to Bush continuing in office.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sunnis Step Off Political Sidelines

This is the final nail in the coffin for Iraqs murdering terrorist'. Any shred of legitimacy they might have enjoyed from within Iraq is gone. The only support left in country is from the die hard Baathist's desperately trying to regain power and their numbers are miniscule.

BAGHDAD, May 21 -- More than 1,000 Sunni Arab clerics, political leaders and tribal heads ended their two-year boycott of politics in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq on Saturday, uniting in a Sunni bloc that they said would help draft the country's new constitution and compete in elections.

Formation of the group comes during escalating violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that has raised the threat of sectarian war. The bloc represents moderate and hard-line members of the Association of Muslim Scholars, the Iraqi Islamic Party and other main groups of the disgruntled Sunni minority toppled from dominance when U.S.-led troops routed Hussein in April 2003.

Sunnis have remained on the sidelines of the Iraqi government since then. Most Sunnis boycotted national elections in January that put the long-suppressed Shiite majority in charge. Meanwhile, a Sunni-led insurgency appears to have become increasingly unpopular among ordinary Iraqis as the death toll from bombings and other attacks climbs.

Make no mistake, this is a big deal. The move effectively diminishes the chance for a civil war breaking out between Sunnis and Shiites to practically nil. All major parties are now participants in the process leaving the radical elements essentially isolated and powerless.

More Hypocracy From the Left.....Go Figure

Another glowing example of the blatant hypocracy of the left concerning filibusters. We have pointed out the complete reversal of conviction from the likes of Schumer, Levin, Leahy, Kennedy, Feinstein etc. over the past weeks. It appears we have another inductee into the disingenuous Democrat hall of political shame.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who publicly crusaded against Senate filibusters 12 years ago, now says he opposes banning filibusters against judicial nominees - the so-called "nuclear option'' fueling a bruising Capitol Hill showdown.

``I would vote against changing the filibuster rule right now,'' Frank (D-Newton) told the Herald in a telephone interview Thursday. Frank explained he still supports an ``across-the-board'' ban against all filibusters, but he opposes the Republican ``nuclear option'' because it only outlaws filibusters against judicial nominees.

In 1993, Frank led a public fight to end Senate filibusters, asserting in a Washington Post op-ed piece: ``I believe legislative bodies should scrupulously abide by two principles: complete openness and majority rule. The filibuster is a godsend to potential gridlockers.''

PUHLEEEAZE Barney.... sounds like Kerry, he's against it except when he for it. Is it possible for these crapweasels to be consistent on anything.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

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'Gilligan' Bob Denver recuperating

As a kid I would under no cicumstances miss Gilligan's Island. That could very well explain my present mental condition. Who knows how many brain cells bit the dust during that half hour.

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Bob Denver, star of the 1960s television show "Gilligan's Island," is recuperating from quadruple heart bypass surgery, his agent said Wednesday.

Denver, 70, had the surgery recently after a checkup revealed problems, said his Los Angeles-based agent, Mike Eisenstadt. He is recuperating at his West Virginia home.

So men, who did it for you, Ginger or Mary Ann? Personally, Mary Ann by a mile. You just knew their was raging passion behind that do goody Kansas farm girl facade.

BTW...... they had sleeping huts, storage huts, huts for everything, ever notice a outhouse hut?

Friday, May 20, 2005

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Hillary Fund-raiser Tapes Spur New Probes

Like peeling an onion, the deeper you go the more layers you expose.

Secretly recorded audiotapes that helped drive the prosecution of Hillary Clinton's one-time finance director David Rosen have prompted investigations into the fund-raising activities of other top Democratic figures, a newspaper familiar with the contents of those tapes reported on Friday

Ted Kennedy brother-in-law Raymond Reggie agreed to wear a wire for the FBI in 2002 while facing bank fraud and conspiracy charges in another case. It was Reggie's tapes that captured Rosen making incriminating statements about his role in an August 2000 gala fund-raiser for Mrs. Clinton.

But according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Reggie's tapes have helped instigate at least two additional FBI probes of political figures, including one involved in a "national campaign."


This thanks to Pabianice at FR:

If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in theater in Iraq during the last 22 months that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. The rate in DC is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, D.C

I've said that for years.

Expediency vs Accuracy and the Truth

It's called"transferrence"(TF) and the MSM is in full TF mode. Crappergate has resulted in the deaths of two dozen people. There are clearly two parties that bear reponsibility for creating the circumstances that led up to this tragedy but are being ignored in favor of their favorite whipping boy, GW.

It has become the prevalent modus operandi for the left to transfer blame from truely guilty to those of their choosing and the MSM for the most part have been complicit in these efforts. It's been going on for years and it's integral to the rationalization and justification of their agenda. The most long standing example of this is their take on crime and criminals. "We can't blame the poor black teen for gunning down 3 people in the street. We must blame the truely guilty, the evil white capitalist who has forced this child into a life of poverty, frustration and violence. We must not hold him accountable, but, rather society and ultimately ourselves for creating an environment by which we produced such a an individual."

Fast forward to Crappergate. It's not the fault of Newsweek for shoddy reporting, nor of the Muslim clerics who daily whip their followers into a frenzied bloodlust ready to rampage at the slightest provocation. No, it's the Bush administrations fault for going to war in Afghanistan and Iraq thereby enflaming the passions of the Muslim world against us. It's our callous attitude and intolerance toward the religion of peace and our efforts to elevate our interests above those who would choose to kill us that are truely responsible for the these deaths. It's the fault of the Bush administration, society and ultimately ourselves.

What a steaming cowpie. The radical Muslim world has had it out for us before George Bush had the faintest glint in his eye to run for President. It started when we chose to support Israel in the Middle East and has been festering increasingly ever since. The Muslim terrorist's have been bombing our facilities and killing our people across the globe for decades and it has to do with who we are and what we stand for. The only thing that will change their attitude toward us is to change the very core of ourselves as a people.

Maybe that's what the MSM really feels is neccessary. That we as a people discard our current set of morals, values and beliefs in favor of a more "worldly"concoction, one of their choosing. That we subjugate our interests to the interests of the world. That we quit making them mad. After all it's our fault, if we would just quit irritating them, they would leave us alone maybe even learn to love us.

Personally, I'll continue to place the blame where it belongs. This approach may not ultimately result in a worldwide rendition of Kumbaya but, that's OK, I can't sing anyway.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

More MSM Deceit

This time it's ABC.

Historical perspective:

The filibuster has been used historically by the minority party, which can't win with a vote count. Democrats have opposed the filibuster before — in the 1960s, they accused Republicans of using it to block civil rights legislation.

According to the Senate Historical Office, the record for the longest individual speech is held by the late Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. To keep the floor, he read some of his wife's recipes and passages from novels out loud.

Not historical perspective, historical revisionism. In 1957 Strom Thurmond was a Democrat. Robert Byrd was at the forefront in pushing for the defeat of the Civil Rights act.
The Republicans joined with northern and western democrats to overcome the attempt of Southern Democrats to defeat this legislation through use of the filibuster . Some notable Democrats spearheading this effort: Al Gore Sr, William Fulbright, Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond. It was Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, who had enlisted the Republican votes that made cloture a realistic option.....

Don't be misled by the MSM. It WAS NOT the Republicans who invoked the filibuster to stymie civil rights, it was a regional fight with for the most part Southern Democrats the driving force behind it's usage.

Update: Thanks to Gordon at Cranky Neocon we discover that ABC pulled this paragraph....
Democrats have opposed the filibuster before — in the 1960s, they accused Republicans of using it to block civil rights legislation.

Has it ever crossed their mind to be truthful and accurate the FIRST time.

Election manager linked to false report

But...but... it's the Republicans who commit fraud and steal elections, Jesse told me so.

King County's absentee-ballot supervisor has testified that she collaborated with her boss when she filled out a report that falsely showed all ballots were accounted for in the November election.

Nicole Way said in a deposition Friday that she and assistant elections superintendent Garth Fell agreed to the misleading report because officials didn't know how many absentee ballots were returned by voters.

The regulations require counties to reconcile the number of absentee ballots returned by voters with the number of ballots accepted or rejected. Way's report showed perfect reconciliation because it simply added the number accepted and rejected to calculate ballots returned.

Elections officials now acknowledge that dozens of absentee ballots were misplaced and the votes not tabulated during the November election. The ballots were never counted as accepted or rejected.

Knowingly falsifying elections records is a felony..... Can you say butt buddy Mr. Fell.

Filibuster Rules: Then & Now

NRO has an excellent piece explaining the usage of filibusters past and present and reveals the tangible hypocrisies of the left.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D., Conn.) on Wednesday held a press conference to criticize Republican efforts to restore Senate tradition to the judicial confirmation process. But another proposal regarding Senate rules somehow escaped his ire, and has received scant attention despite the New York Times editorial board’s recently saying it would go “even further than the ‘nuclear option’ in eliminating the power of the filibuster.”

That proposal would amend Senate rules to end all filibusters, not just those against judicial nominees. The proposal’s sponsor said that “the filibuster rules are unconstitutional” and was quoted as saying “the filibuster is nothing short of legislative piracy.” He announced his intent to end all filibusters with an unambiguous statement: “We cannot allow the filibuster to bring Congress to a grinding halt. So today I start a drive to do away with a dinosaur — the filibuster rule.”

Despite its support by several senior senators, you haven’t heard about this proposal in the MoveOn.org ads blasting Senate Republicans. And you probably haven’t heard about it from Senate Democrats who now give their full-throated support to filibusters against President Bush’s nominees. Why? Because the proposal wasn’t offered by Republicans; it was introduced in 1995 by senior Democrats, including Sens. Lieberman and Tom Harkin (D., Iowa). When it came to a vote, 19 Democrats, including leading blue-state senators such as Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, supported the measure.

Don't expect the MSM to mention this let alone report on it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

PepsiCo Thinks We Re All Idiots

If you haven't had your intelligence insulted in awhile, read this:

I recently had the privilege of speaking to the 2005 graduating class of Columbia University’s Business School in New York City.

Recognizing that these talented new leaders will influence both America and the world, I tried to provide some advice as they embark on their careers.

I chose to speak about the powerful role that America, and we as Americans, hold in the world today. I hoped to encourage these graduates to be sure they make a positive and personal difference as representatives of our great country.

In my comments, I used the analogy of a human hand to illustrate that people in countries around the globe need to join together to make the world work in harmony – just as all the fingers of a hand work together. It is an illustration that I learned when I was a student, and that I have shared with others on many different occasions.

As part of this illustration, I assigned five of the world’s continents to the different fingers and thumb. I refer to North America and particularly the U.S. as the middle finger because it is the longest and anchors every function the hand performs. The middle finger also is key to all the fingers working together effectively. That is how I view America’s place of importance in the world.

The point of my analogy was to emphasize America’s leadership position. Equally critical is the need for each of us as citizens to take a constructive role in whatever we choose to do in life to ensure the U.S. continues as the world’s “helping hand.”

Is this b!tc& for real. Just how naive and gullible does she think the American people are? She meant that North America and in particular the US was flipping off the rest of the world . She said it and she meant it at the time no doubt, but to come up with this lame and incredulous CYA explanation is the height of hubris.

Theater Bans Fonda Movies

Heres a guys who knows how to hit Hanoi Jane and the rest of the left where it counts, in the pocketbook.

The owner of two Kentucky theaters is refusing to show the new Jane Fonda film "Monster-in-Law" because of the actress's pro-communist stand during the Vietnam War.

Photos of a smiling Miss Fonda posing with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972 were displayed outside an Elizabethtown movie theater to show the disapproval of theater owner Ike Boutwell. The marquee outside Mr. Boutwell's Showtime Cinemas in nearby Radcliff reads: "No Jane Fonda movie in this theater."

"I trained a lot of pilots during the Vietnam conflict," Mr. Boutwell told the Hardin County News-Enterprise, adding that some of those pilots died when their planes were shot down by North Vietnamese gunners.

"To me, Ms. Fonda is a traitor," he explained in a local television interview. "I could not get the picture out of my mind of her cheering the gun crew that had just shot down an American B-52."

Good for you Mr. Boutwell. You can't keep HJ from spewing her America hating communist manifesto, but you can keep her lying traitorous piehole of your movie screens.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

One Beat Puppy

Sorry about being MIA today but I am buliding a 3 season room on the house and the twins had a baseball game which I got roped in catching so I am DEAD. I will be back full force manyana.

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Newsweek Scandal Named!

We have picked a winner in our name the latest MSM debacle. The official reference to Newsweeks screwup will now and forever more be referred to as "CRAPPERGATE"

WRKO Boston Cancels Newsweek Show

Is it possible there could be consequences for a major Media Outlet ie. Newsweek to engage in shoddy reporting? I looked outside and saw no flying pigs nor did the weather forecast say anything about hell freezing over, but here it is....

Per WND:
A major Boston talk-radio station cancelled Newsweek's weekly program due to the magazine's false report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Quran at Guantanamo Bay by flushing one in the toilet.

Newsweek On Air" no longer will be broadcast on WRKO-AM, the station said in a statement today, according to a report by radio blogger Brian Maloney.

WRKO's schedule now shows "TBA" in place of the Newsweek program in its Sunday 9 p.m. timeslot.

Not much, but it's a start.

Senate points to Russian officials in Iraq scam

More foreign officials with their hand in the oil for food cookie jar.

Saddam Hussein's government provided senior Russian officials with oil rights worth millions of dollars under the oil-for-food program in an effort to lift U.N. sanctions against Iraq, according to a U.S. Senate Committee report released on Monday.

The oil allocations were "compensation for support," Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The report, based on documents as well as interviews with Ramadan and Tareq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister, pointed to Alexander Voloshin, former chief of staff to President Vladimir Putin in the Russian Presidential Council, and ultranationalist parliamentarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

And also this.

Interesting that all the people who opposed us on the UN Security Council on the Iraq war Russia, France etc. etc. had overriding "personal interests". No wonder the left loves the UN, the Democrat party is similar being made up of 100s of special interest groups who's only concern is to increase influence to advance their own self serving agenda. This has become a perfect illustration of the corrupt to the core motivation of member countries and hence irrelevance of the UN.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Newsweek Paragraph Sparks Violence. Were They Cavalier in Their Reporting?

It was one small seemingly insignificant paragraph to Isikoff, but the results were significant and deadly.

The unrest began this week after Newsweek published an allegation that American military interrogators had desecrated the Islamic holy book in an effort to rattle detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The report said that they had placed the Koran on the lavatory inside inmates’ cells and had “in at least one case, flushed a holy book down the toilet” .

AT LEAST nine people were killed yesterday as a wave of anti-American demonstrations swept the Islamic world from the Gaza Strip to the Java Sea, sparked by a single paragraph in a magazine alleging that US military interrogators had desecrated the Koran. lts were devastating.

Now it's beginning to become clear that the "devastating" paragraph wasn't true.

On Saturday, Isikoff spoke to his original source, the senior government official, who said that he clearly recalled reading investigative reports about mishandling the Qur'an, including a toilet incident. But the official, still speaking anonymously, could no longer be sure that these concerns had surfaced in the SouthCom report. Told of what the NEWSWEEK source said, DiRita exploded, "People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?"

Another reliable "anonymous" source. To make a contention with this sort of potential impact Isikoff should have had at least 3 sources two of which would be willing to go on the record. Don't these people have the slightest concern for the consequences of their actions. Are they so myopic in their zeal that thinly verified assertions are synonomous with fact.

The pen is mightier than the sword and when used indiscrimantly equally as deadly.

Update: Newsweek apologizes....sort of:

Last Friday, a top Pentagon spokesman told us that a review of the probe cited in our story showed that it was never meant to look into charges of Qur'an desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them "not credible." Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts. Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we. But we regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst.

Update II: The Old Grey Lady weighs in.

'Martyrs' In Iraq Mostly Saudis

In what can be called anything but a surprise, WAPO reports that almost 2/3 rds of the suicide bombers in Iraq are from Saudi Arabia.

Who are the suicide bombers of Iraq? By the radicals' account, they are an internationalist brigade of Arabs, with the largest share in the online lists from Saudi Arabia and a significant minority from other countries on Iraq's borders, such as Syria and Kuwait. The roster of the dead on just one extremist Web site reviewed by The Washington Post runs to nearly 250 names, ranging from a 13-year-old Syrian boy said to have died fighting the Americans in Fallujah to the reigning kung fu champion of Jordan, who sneaked off to wage war by telling his family he was going to a tournament.

Saudi's make up the lions share of these murderous SOBs but esveral other country's are supplying them as well. Very few if any of the suicide bombers are native Iraqis....imagine that.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Did Andrew Grossman Perjure Himself?

This courtesy of Free Republic and the ever vigilant Doug from Upland:

In a stunning development in the criminal trial of David Rosen in Los Angeles, whistleblower Peter Paul has said that he believes Andrew Grossman committed perjury in his testimony. It was Grossman's job to take the campaign info and make the official filings to the FEC.

On the stand, Grossman claimed that he never before heard of an event costing a million dollars. Paul says that such is not true.

On June 18, 2001, Grossman was served with a civil suit by Paul. Paul gave him details and copies of checks to advise him on the cost of the event. Grossman cannot claim that he didn't know.

We are continuing to gain the facts in this case and will have more detailed information, hopefully by this evening.

Oh what a tangled web we weave........

Solid Majority For Rules Change

Rasmussen was in the top 3 most accurate polling organizations predicting the 2004 presidential election. Funny the MSM has failed to notice this poll.... ot is it?

As the Judicial Nomination battle moves to its final days in the U.S. Senate, two weeks of partisan posturing have failed to change public opinion in a significant manner

Today, 57% of Americans say that "Senate rules should be changed so that a vote must be taken on every person the President nominates to become a judge." That's unchanged from two weeks ago.

The only change of more than a point or two in the data came when we asked about the threat of some Democrats to procedurally shut down the Senate if the filibuster rules are changed. Two weeks ago, 51% of Americans were opposed to that strategy. Opposition to Democrats' retaliation has increased to 55% in the current survey.

I would believe Rasmussen's numbers before anyone. His track record is excellent

Reid's Rant May Have Crossed Line

Yesterday we reported that big mouth Reid in an attempt to further damage John Bolton referred to the contents of a confidential FBI file. Well, the Justice Dept is involved now.

The Justice Department is edging into the Senate controversy over judicial nominees, writing key lawmakers after Democratic Leader Harry Reid publicly referred to an
FBI's file on one of President Bush's controversial nominees.

"The letter expressed concern about recent remarks on the floor of the Senate which alluded to an FBI background investigation file provided by the Department of Justice to the Senate
Judiciary Committee'on a confidential basis in connection with a judicial nomination," a department official said Friday night.

It's gotten to the point now where the raging arrogance of the left is pushing the envelope of legality.

Courtesy of Nick Danger Posted by Hello

Predator Missile Nails High Level al-Quaida Operative

Operation Matador has been extremely effective in tracking down terrorist insurgents and either killing ot capturing them. In addition in the last two weeks 4 major terorist operatives have either been killed or captured. It's been a very good 14 days.

A senior al Qaeda operative was killed by a missile fired from a CIA Predator aircraft on the Pakistani side of the remote area near the Afghan border earlier this week, U.S. intelligence officials told ABC News.

Haitham al-Yemeni, a native of Yemen known for his bomb-making skills, had been tracked for some time in the hope that he would help lead the United States to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, intelligence officials said. But with the recent capture in northwest Pakistan of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, thought to be al Qaeda's No. 3 man, officials worried al-Yemeni would soon go into hiding, and decided to take action.

These latest successes indicate these scumbags are running out of places to hide and our intelligence is getting better most likely due to increased local cooperation.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Frist Will Force Up or Down Vote Next Week

It finally looks as if this thing will come to a head next week. Using the spine that God gave him, Bill Frist will force the issue using the "Constutional option" to insure an up or down vote on judicial nominees if it becomes neccessary.

May 13th, 2005 - Upon completion of action on the pending highway bill, the Senate will begin debate on fair up or down votes on judicial nominations. As is the regular order, the Leader will move to act on judge nominations sent to the full Senate by the Judiciary Committee in the past several weeks. Priscilla Owen, to serve as a judge for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Janice Rogers Brown, to serve as a judge for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, will be the nominees of focus.

The Majority Leader will continue to discuss an appropriate resolution of the need for fair up or down votes with the Minority Leader. If they can not find a way for the Senate to decide on fair up or down votes on judicial nominations, the Majority Leader will seek a ruling from the Presiding Officer regarding the appropriate length of time for debate on such nominees. After the ruling, he will ensure that every Senator has the opportunity to decide whether to restore the 214-year practice of fair up or down votes on judicial nominees; or, to enshrine a new veto by filibuster that both denies all Senators the opportunity to advise and consent and fundamentally disturbs the separation of powers between the branches.

Frist wouldn't be this bold if he didn't have the votes. My prediction, the Dims will back down on these 7 and hold the possible use of a filibuster for a Supreme Court nominee.

Reid cites FBI file on judicial pick

Minority leader Reid continues to show his arrogance and total lack of comity on the Senate floor. This time his brazen hubris may have legal consequences.

Minority Leader Harry Reid strayed from his prepared remarks on the Senate floor yesterday and promised to continue opposing one of President Bush's judicial nominees based on "a problem" he said is in the nominee's "confidential report from the FBI."

Those highly confidential reports are filed on all judicial nominees, and severe sanctions apply to anyone who discloses their contents. Less clear is whether a senator could face sanctions for characterizing the content of such files.

Republican staff members and supporters of Mr. Bush's nominees were outraged.

Arizona Border Patrol Ordered to Stand Down

This coming from an Anderson Org. report

Tucson Border Sector Chief Michael Nicely has ordered the Border Patrol to ensure that Illegal Alien apprehensions are kept to an absolute minimum so as to disprove the impact of the recent month-long Minuteman Project.

All during the Minuteman Project Border Patrol officials and especially Chief Nicely repeatedly demeaned the Minuteman and their effectiveness, accusing them of getting in the way of the Border Patrol, stepping on electronic sensors, destroying tracks, and generally gumming up the works. Nicely attempted to give all credit for the Minuteman Project success to the Mexican government and Mexican military – who did divert the Illegal traffic around the Minuteman area to the east and west where increased Illegal traffic skyrocketed. The actions of the Mexican government and Mexican military can only be attributed to the Minuteman Project.

To preclude this expose of the Border Patrol inefficiency – Chief Nicely has ordered that agents are to be restricted to "forward deployment". There is to be no patrolling in depth. Thus, Illegals who get past 100 yards or so are as good as in Indiana, or Idaho or Kansas or North Carolina. Needless to say, with Border Patrol postings far, far less dense than that of the Minutemen, there will be few apprehensions and thousands upon thousands of Illegals successfully and illegally penetrating into the U.S. This "forward deployment" has been referred to by agents as "sitting on the X". This strategy has been endorsed by Congressman Jim Kolbe. This assures Kolbe's corporate sponsors of an ongoing supply of illegal (and consequently cheap) labor.

If this proves out the ramifications are huge. Keep your ears open on this one.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Bolton Survives!

John Bolton was voted out of the Foreign Relations Committee to the Senate floor 10-8!. Joe (Plugs) Biden can go pound salt!!

Voinevich continues to be a jerk, sent to the floor without recommendation which is kinda chicken sh!^.

Investigators Find Evidence of Voter Fraud

DUH, did AP just wake of from 4 month nap. They make it sound as though evidence of this is just coming to light. We have known all along about Wisconsin and in particular Milwaukee fraud, the only thing unclear was to what degree.

A task force looking into potential voter fraud on Election Day said Tuesday that it found more than 200 felons voted illegally and more than 100 instances of people voting twice or using fake names and addresses.

The investigators found hundreds of fraudulent votes in all and counted 4,600 more ballots than registered voters in Milwaukee — but did not uncover any proof of a plot to alter the outcome of the hotly contested presidential race in Wisconsin's largest city. They also found ballots cast using the names of dead people.

Figure for every case of vote fraud identified, ten more occurred. The governor doesn't want to sign the voter ID bill because it would put a stop to the lions share of this crap, what a jerk.

Update: Kim at Musing Minds alerts us that the article incorrectly states 4600 more votes than registered voters. It should state 4600 more more votes than people who signed the vote register.

I am reluctant to post this because I despise the left's incessant Bush/Hitler comparisons, but I love the pic so what the hey.  Posted by Hello

Mrs. Clinton Not at Fault, Prosecutor Tells Jury

LOS ANGELES, May 11 - Before Hillary Rodham Clinton's former chief fund-raiser went on trial here for underreporting donations to her Senate campaign, political speculation has revolved around what if anything Mrs. Clinton knew about his alleged transgressions, as well as what if anything the trial would do to her presidential aspirations (assuming she has them).

A federal prosecutor tried to answer at least one of those questions in his opening statement on Wednesday in Federal District Court, when he told the jury, "You will hear no evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved in any way, shape or form."

Indeed, the prosecutor, Peter R. Zeidenberg, said that the fund-raiser, David F. Rosen, tried to keep Mrs. Clinton's campaign from discovering how much money was donated to cover the costs of the star-studded event at the heart of this criminal case. The reason, Mr. Zeidenberg said, is that Mr. Rosen was afraid he would be fired if the campaign found out how much money he had spent on the August 2000 event, the Hollywood Gala Salute to President William Jefferson Clinton.

It will be very interesting to see if the defence attempts to show the opposite, that Hildebeast not only knew but directed Rosen's actions. It's not a bad strategy for the prosecution to lay all the gulit at Rosen's feet in an attempt to get him to spill the beans on other higher ups directing his actions....Time will tell.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Elderly Woman Survives Fall

File this one under unbelievable.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 70-year-old woman survived a nine-story fall from a condominium tower Wednesday when she landed on a canopy, officials said.

The woman was cleaning her balcony when she fell at Coral Ridge Towers and landed on a first-floor canopy, according to the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue

Talk about an angel on your shoulder.


Not excited yet but this does sound encouraging. Guess I am just skeptical because of the 136 preceeding reports of his injury or demise.

Baghdad, 11 May (AKI) - The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is "serious injured, possibly dead" according to Colonel Fouad Hani Hassan, commander of the fifth division of the Iraqi armed forces, cited by 'Elaph', a popular website in the Arab world. Al-Zarqawi, considered al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, is believed to have been injured in the major offensive US-led forces have been carrying out in the western Anbar province over the last few days.

Operation Matador is centred around the town of Qaim, just a few kilometres from the Syrian border, and is aimed at destroying the strongholds of foreign fighters coming over the border into Iraq to join the insurgency. It's the fourth day of violent fighting around the town, which has been surrounded by troops since Saturday night. Bombing is said to be heavy in Qaim, where there has been house-to-house fighting between troops and insurgents.

We have been on a roll for the past week .....you never know!

Another teacher faces sex charge

Where are the people who raged over pedophile priests? Could there be a separate standard for clergy and teachers? Both accounted for small numbers of individuals comprising a miniscule % of persons yet with teachers they are isolated incidents as opposed to the probem with priests is rampant Maybe it's because one group is secular with a super strong union and inseparable ties to the left. NAAAWWW.

Not Even Close

Three years later the Federal Appeals Court says what many of us already knew....

WASHINGTON, May 10 - A federal appeals court said on Tuesday that Vice President Dick Cheney did not have to divulge details about how the White House's energy policies were shaped, ruling in a case that touched on the constitutional separation of powers.

The 8-to-0 decision, handed down months after the lawsuit became an issue in the 2004 election, was a victory for the executive branch in general and the Bush administration in particular.

The ruling, by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, upheld the administration argument that it was not obligated to disclose whom it consulted on energy matters early in President Bush's first term and what was said.

From the very beginnning this has been nothing more than a lynch mob on a fishing expedition.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Another Lie

Musing Minds reminds us it's been 100 days since Lurch made the infamous "promise" to sign form SF-180.

Howard Dean endorses Bernie Sanders' run for U.S. Senate

Just goes to show you, the Democrat leadership has more in common with a communist then then the Republican party or even their own moderates.

WASHINGTON -- Breaking party lines, former Gov. Howard Dean said Monday he supports Rep. Bernard Sanders' bid for the U.S. Senate, saying the Independent makes a "strong candidate."

"A victory for Bernie Sanders is a win for Democrats," Dean said in a telephone interview Monday.

Woman bitten by snake while defecating in bush

No, not Geoge Bush, a shrubbery....not too big.

FEMALE university security guard who decided to defecate in a bushy area because toilets were too far, got more than she had bargained for when she was bitten by a snake on her buttocks.

The 29-year-old woman who is employed by a private security company contracted to the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo gave out a scream when the snake struck her bottom, alerting her colleagues who rushed to her aid.

Kerry's Unending Campaign

This guy has not stopped campaigning for 3 years. The only time he's in the Senate anymore is when the cameras are rolling.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry roamed the stage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capitol, raging about the failures of Washington. All that was missing was an attack upon Mr. Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth to transport us back to the summer of 2004. But it is the spring of 2005, and the Bay State Democrat is either still fighting the lost presidential battle of 2004 or beginning his presidential campaign for 2008. Whichever is the case is irrelevant -- it is time for Mr. Kerry to abandon the campaign trail.

Massachusetts voters have a right to feel neglected these days. Governor Mitt Romney makes Massachusetts jokes and pushes a hopeless death penalty proposal, his gaze focused on the Republican presidential race on the distant horizon. Mr. Kerry remains locked in campaign mode, like some "Twilight Zone" politician doomed to run for office forever.

Too bad Massachusetts is in lockstep with the Democrat party lest they vote his absentia butt out of office.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Too Much Good News, Too Little Time

Seems Like there is just no end the the good news coming out of Iraq. First Talibani states what the Democrat leadership won't....and now more of this.

American troops backed by helicopters and war planes launched a major offensive against followers of Iraq's most wanted insurgent, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in a desert area near the Syrian border, and as many as 100 militants were killed, U.S. officials said Monday.

Marines, sailors and soldiers from Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, were conducting the offensive in an area north of the Euphrates River, in the al-Jazirah Desert, a known smuggling route and sanctuary for foreign insurgents, the U.S. military said.

Doesn't resemble a quagmire to me, more like a major A... kicking.

Rooting Against America

There is one glaring distinction between the left and right. The right puts country first then their party, the left puts their party first.

A distasteful glee emanates from the Left upon the arrival of any bad news from the Middle East. It’s as if they are saying, “So, W, where is all the Democracy we’re supposed to be spreading through the area? See, we were right, and you were wrong. And deceitful. And dumb.” And as bad news is welcomed as an indictment of the President and his policies, good news (and there has been plenty) must be minimized or ignored.

It’s one thing to oppose an Administration’s foreign policy, but it’s another to publicly gloat over and appear to smugly enjoy any of its setbacks. The long tradition of a Loyal Opposition in this country now appears to be an old-fashioned notion. There may have been widespread resistance to America’s entry into World War II, but once we were in it, there wasn’t much doubt about whom Americans were pulling for.

The hate and frustration eminating from the liberals is palatable, It's a bit scary really.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Another BIG One Bites the Dust

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq said on Sunday that security forces had captured Amar al-Zubaydi, a key aide to the al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

A government statement said Zubaydi, also known as Abu Abbas, was captured three days ago in Baghdad. It said he helped plan attacks on Abu Ghraib prison in April that wounded U.S. troops and several inmates as well as a string of car bomb attacks in Baghdad.

As I stated earlier, this has been a very good week for the good guys.

Have These Men People No Shame

The left wants the terrorists treated as soldiers with full rights and protections afforded by the Geneva convention. They also want the court sytem to handle these cases with the full rights and protections afforded our judicial system under the US constitution. These scumbags are not soldiers under any definition of the word, nor are they criminals, they are indiscriminate mass murderers that will utilize every diabolical means know to man conceivable to achieve their goal. The Geneva convention was set up for "civilized" societies to create certain groundrules by which war was to be fought. Terrorist's adhere to none of these and therefor must be treated as spies and saboteurs....summarily executed

The figures huddled beside the graveyard on the road that leads into the Pakistani town of Mardan seemed an unremarkable group, their identities obscured behind the head-to-toe burqas that local women traditionally wear. But these were no ordinary women--in fact, they weren't women at all. Instead, the burqas concealed a group of Pakistani commandos who were waiting last week for a killer. U.S. and Pakistani intelligence had received a tip that a suspected al-Qaeda operative would be traveling to Mardan disguised as a burqa-clad woman. Because any plainclothesmen seen grabbing a woman would attract a hostile mob, the commandos had donned female garb and accosted the suspect as his motorcycle crossed a graveyard. When the fugitive fled through a wheatfield, the commandos shed their burqas and flip-flops and gave chase, eventually cornering him in a house a mile away. After police tossed in tear gas, the suspect, clutching his cell phone, surrendered without a fight.

Dressing up as women so they can terrorize, maim and murder women and children. These people are subhuman and derserving of absolutely none of the protections that a civilized society has to offer.

Raid on Zarqawi Compound Nabs 54, Kills Six

Mopping up the remaining sewage takes time but the progress is undeniable.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Coalition forces killed six terrorists in raids targeting the terror network of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search) near the Syrian border on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

Weapons caches were found during the operations in Qaim city, and 54 terrorists were detained, the military said in a statement.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Iraq says security forces capture Zarqawi aide

This has been a good week for rounding up bad guys. The more we catch the more quality intelligence we gleen.

BAGHDAD, May 7 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces have captured an aide to Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al Qaeda leader in Iraq, the government said on Saturday

A government statement said Iraqi forces arrested Ghassan al-Rawi, identified as the militant leader of the western town of Rawa, in late April.

It identified Rawi as a Zarqawi lieutenant in the western town who facilitated meetings for senior officials in Zarqawi's group. It said two of his assistants were also seized.

The noose is definately tightening, make no mistake about it.

Study: Meanness in Girls Can Start at 3

Don't I know it.....I have twin 6 yr old boys and I can say without reservation that some of the nastier stunts that are pulled in school are instigated by the girls.

SALT LAKE CITY - Meanness in girls can start when they still are toddlers, a Brigham Young University study found. It found that girls as young as 3 or 4 will use manipulation and peer pressure to get what they want.

"It could range from leaving someone out to telling their friends not to play with someone to saying, 'I'm not going to invite you to my birthday party,'" said Craig Hart, study co-author and professor of marriage, family and human development at BYU. "Some kids are really adept at being mean and nasty."

When the boys come home with a new "word" they just learned, it invariably comes from a little angel named Ashley. She could make a longshoreman blush and I have it from informed sources that she is responsible for much of the inter class scheming that ends up getting others in trouble. A future Katie Couric in training.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Mount Reid Erupts and Spews ....

The level of vitriol coming from the left these days is greater than at any point in my lifetime and I've been around awhile. It's borne of frustration and a deficit of creative thinking. The only thing that has not yet happened is physical violence and I frankly wouldn't be surprised to see that before Bush's second term is up.

In the course of a discussion on filibusters and Senate rules, Washington's top Democrat gave the 60 juniors a lesson in partisan politics, particularly about the commander in chief. "The man's father is a wonderful human being," Reid said in response to a question about President Bush's policies. "I think this guy is a loser.

"He's driving this country into bankruptcy," Reid said, referring to the deficit. "He's got us in this intractable war in Iraq where we now have about 1,600 American soldiers dead and another 15,000 injured."

Senator you voted to authorize the war and unless you are promoting a cut and run POA I suggest you shut your piehole or people might start calling you a disingenuous hypocritical crapweasel.

Streisand: Bush Reminds Me of Nazi Air Chief

Don't these Hollywood HunYoks ever tire of associating anything conservative with the Nazi regime, ie. Hitler, Goering, Eichmann You would think these people with so much talent and artistic acumen could come up with something a tad bit more creative.

Hollywood's top Democrat diva, Barbra Streisand, is blasting President Bush for "controlling" the nation by ginning up fears of another terrorist attack, saying the president's tactics remind her of Nazi Luftwaffe Commander Hermann Goering.

"Bush's actions remind me of Herman Goering's quote during the Nuremberg Trials, where he stated: '...it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship."

I heard a story a few years back that Babs went absolutely ballistic in her dressing room because the management had failed to sprinkle Gardenia petals in her toilet. She ended up stomping out and cancelling the show.

Bush Would Still Beat Kerry/Gore

Courtesy of NRO:

The National Journal’s Hotline has published the numbers of its new poll conducted with Westhill of 800 registered voters. In the poll, President Bush has a 48 percent approval rating, with 44 percent disapproving.

The GOP receives a 68 percent approval rating for its handling of Social Security, with 21 percent disapproving. Most striking, Democrats receive 5 percent approval for their handling, with a full 93 percent disapproving. However, the Democrats sill edge Bush/GOP on who they trust more to handle the issue, 38 to 35 percent.

In a possible 2004 White House rematch, President Bush still bests John Kerry 45 to 43 percent. Bush would also beat Al gore 47 to 42 percent.

A perfect illustration of how screwy polls are or how dingy the American people can be sometimes, or both.

Employment Numbers Strongly UP

The Kool-Aids ready and the lines are forming.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers created a surprisingly large 274,000 new jobs in April and added more workers in each of the two preceding months than first thought, the Labor Department said on Friday in a report that may ease fears about economic growth.

The April jobs total far outstripped Wall Street economists' expectations for 170,000 new jobs. Further underlining the surge, the government said 93,000 more jobs were created in February and March than it previously reported -- 146,000 in March instead of 110,000 and a whopping 300,000 in February instead of 243,000.

The unemployment rate, however, which is calculated from a separate survey, was unchanged at 5.2 percent in April.

The left will put a kink in their neck trying to spin this as bad news.

Fatah headed to victory

Probably the lesser of the two evils considering Hamas is nothing more than a terrorist organization wrapped up to appear as a legitimate political organization.

Fatah headed to victory Friday in Palestinian local elections despite key gains by Hamas, with final unofficial results showing Fatah with 56 percent compared to 33 percent for Hamas.

The corruption-tainted Fatah had feared defeat in Thursday's elections in 84 communities, but the results indicated it was fending off a strong challenge by Hamas, the largest opposition group. Hamas, in turn, established itself as a major political player, and won the three biggest races - in the towns of Kalkilya, Rafah and Beit Lahiya.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been seeking to persuade Hamas to give up violence and join politics, but Israel insists the group must be crushed.

Fatah has terrorist elements as well but their main claim to fame is rampant corruption throughout it's ranks.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

David Hackworth Dead at 74

Col. David Hackworth was an honorable soldier and served his country well. I had some real disagreements with him politically, but I never lost respect for the man.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Retired Army Col. David Hackworth, a decorated Vietnam veteran who spoke out against the war and later became a journalist and an advocate for military reform, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 74.

Hackworth died Wednesday in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was receiving treatment for bladder cancer. His wife, Eilhys England, was with him.

"He died in my arms," she said. The couple lived in Greenwich.

I remember on Fox a few years back the discussion turned to Al Haig, Hack referred to him as "Not the sharpest knife in the drawer".....Had that one called right Colonel, Godspeed.

Appeal For Iraq Contributions

Anyone serving in Iraq that would be interested in contributing a short piece to this blog once a week or so, I encourage you to e-mail me.

My readers have suggested this idea and I think it's a good one.

Another Successful Dirtbag Roundup

BAGHDAD (Army News Service, May 3, 2005) – The Iraqi Army, police and U.S. Soldiers apprehended 84 suspected terrorists in 19 different combat operations conducted in and around Baghdad May 1 and 2.

The largest operation netted 40 terror suspects during raids carried out early in the morning May 2. Thirteen more suspected terrorists were captured in four other missions conducted Monday morning.

“The Iraqi Security Forces continued improvement and steady progress is to be applauded,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesperson. “More and more the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police forces are taking the fight to the terrorists and they’re succeeding in stopping them.”In southeast Baghdad, residents of the Salman Pak neighborhood turned a weapons cache in to the Iraqi police. The Iraqi citizens gave the police 24 rockets, one improvised rocket launcher, 10 hand grenades and small arms ammunition.

Despite the MSMs preocupation with the negative, these are all very encouraging signs.

Michael Schiavo's Fiance Drafts a Living Will: "Don't Pull the Plug"

In a move that can be only called "prudent":

CLEARWATER, Florida — Jodi Centonze, long-time girlfriend of Michael Schiavo, has drafted a living will.

Miss Centonze loves her fiancé very much," said her lawyer, "but I'm sure she's not the only person in this country who would not want to give him power of attorney should she ever become incapacitated and be on a feeding tube.

If i were her I'd also grow eyes in the back of my head.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

One of the Good Ones

Not every actor/actress in Hollywood is a delusional, self preoccupied, superficial, naive knothead as evidenced by the refreshing clear minded sincerity of Patricia Heaton.

PALMDALE - While "Everybody Loves Raymond" character Debra Barone will live on in television reruns, a generous gift from actress Patricia Heaton will live on in the lives of babies born to Antelope Valley women who were considering having abortions.

Heaton, who has won two Emmy awards for her role in the hit sitcom, was honored Tuesday for donating a $25,000 high-tech ultrasound machine to the AV Pregnancy Counseling Center, which was renamed Women's Clinic of the Antelope Valley.

Ultrasound machines offer pregnant women a detailed view of their unborn children, even at only a couple of months along, and have helped convince many women leaning toward abortion to change their minds, center director Marc Boileau said.

Heaton is a conservative minded soft spoken class act. She has been very generous with both her time and money to both charity and her pet conservative causes. Most are unaware of her contributions because she goes about her work quietly rather than seeking the fanfare and adulation of the press so many in Looniewood crave.

A smart compassionate women wrapped up in one helluva an attractive package. Hmmm, I think I'll remember that line next time Mrs. Traderrob has me sleeping on the couch.

Moran calls Cheney an A$$ Kisser

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA, 8th District) reportedly called Vice President Cheney an "ass-kisser," adding that President Bush doesn't read books, only reads the sports section of the newspaper and surrounds himself with people who just tell him what he wants to hear.

Moran told the editor of the left-leaning website The Raw Story that Bush has "surrounded himself with ideological sycophants. And the biggest ass-kisser of all is Dick Cheney."

Contacted by phone by 630 WMAL this morning, Moran did not deny making the remarks. Rather, he said the quotes were "taken out of context." Moran declined to elaborate or answer questions about the interview on the air.

Hmmmm, how can calling someone an a$$ kisser be taken "out of context". Frankly I don't know if that's possible, it means what it means, period.

Seems to me that the just 6 months ago Bush was an ignorant hayseed having his strings pulled by the manevolent Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. The left has discarded that old tired caricature if favor of Bush as the evil genious surrounded by brown nosing yes men conspiring to carry out his diabolical agenda. The vitriol that eminates from these dimwits never ceases to amaze me.

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Pakistan 'catches al-Qaeda chief' (#3 Man)

Lately I have not been terribly impressed with the level of effort the Pakistanis have been putting in to round up al Qaeda. This however, is a major catch and shows some diligence on their part.

Senior Libyan al-Qaeda suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi has been arrested in Pakistan, the government says.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that Libbi was captured with five other suspected foreign al-Qaeda militants in the past few days.

He was allegedly al-Qaeda's number three after Osama Bin Laden and Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri.

This thug could provide valuable information concerning bin Laden and other high ranking al Qaeda operatives. And remember, the Pakistanis are not hamstrung when it comes to interrogation; The only limitations are their own creativity.
Update: ABC has a more in depth analysis here.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

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Google says NO to Conservative Ads!

RightMarch says Google won't publish their conservative ad.

Now, it turns out the people running the big search engines are liberally biased, too -- and they're CENSORING conservative search ad results!

But it's also an advertising vehicle -- you can pay Google money, and they'll put your short ad on the right-hand side of the page of search results, based on what people are searching for.

Well, we saw that if you typed in "Tom DeLay", all of the ads were ANTI-DeLay ads. So, we took the time and spent the money so that our PRO-DeLay ad would show up too -- first.

But then we wanted to also put up an ad that exposed the hypocrisy of the Democrats -- basically, showing how the Democrats are going after Congressman DeLay for things that they've done MUCH WORSE in. So, we copied one of the ads posted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee almost WORD FOR WORD, but changed "Tom DeLay" (the GOP leader) to "Nancy Pelosi" (the Democrat leader, who violated ethics rules much worse than what DeLay is accused of).

That's all we did -- we took the LIBERAL ad, and changed the words to make it a CONSERVATIVE ad.
And Google CENSORED our ad.

There have been several conservative bloggers who have recently complained of less than fair treatment by Google. Rusty at Jawa Report to name one got booted for what he called no legitimate reason. If they continue to discriminate they are most definately opening themselves up to some major league scrutiny

Study: 209 Animals Sexually Abused

From the "You can't make this stuff up files":

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - More than 200 animals, mostly horses, have been sexually abused in Sweden since the 1970s, the country's animal protection agency said Friday in its first report on bestiality.

The government commissioned the study after reports that sexual abuse of animals could be on the rise in Sweden.

Most of the cases were reported by veterinarians and police after 2000, the study said. But it was not clear if sex with animals had become more common or if people had become more likely to report it, it said.

Authors of the report noted that Sweden had not outlawed bestiality, as had Canada, Britain and some U.S. states. Abusers can only be prosecuted if the animal is physically injured.

Considering that an animal does not have the cognitive ability to "consent"would this not be in all cases considered rape? And what if they find you unattractive? What if they just wanna be friends. No means NO, but what if you can't say NO, must they endure the label of "field sl#t Where is PETA, where's the public outrage?

btw....They don't say whether it's men or women engaging in this activity, makes one wonder.

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I "Heart" My Vagina Part Deux

We reported last month on the controversy surrounding the presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" and the subsequent display by Winona Senior High School students of buttons stating "I heart my vagina. Well, it appears a compromise between administration and students has been reached, Oh JOY.

High school students Carrie Rethlefsen, Emily Nixon and approximately 100 others today planned to rally around the flagpole in front of Winona Senior High School, wearing buttons and T-shirts proclaiming "I [heart] My Vagina" and "I Support Your Vagina."

School officials last week told parents that they would allow students to wear the items in that area.

But any student who tries to wear their shirts or buttons into the school will be barred at the doors by teachers and administrators and told to remove the shirts and put something else on or turn them inside out, officials said.

These girls have made their point. They are not interested in a protracted lawsuit in a mid-sized town in southeastern Minnesota," he said Monday. "These two girls are really sensitive to what's going on in their community."

"Sensitive to what's going on in their community"? PUHLEEEAZE, if that were the case they wouldn't be running around with brazen vulgarities pinned to their trainers no doubt embarrassing their parents and any one else they come in contact with that has an iota of modesty. After one wades through all the crap, that's most likely their intention.

NC Man Get's the Finger

It's real this time folks.

A man who ordered a pint of frozen chocolate custard in a dessert shop got a nasty surprise inside - a piece of severed finger lost by an employee in an accident.

Unlike a recent incident at a Wendy's restaurant in California, no questions of truth have been raised about the finger found in a package from Kohl's Frozen Custard.

State officials went to the shop Monday, and the owner confirmed one of his employees lost part of a finger in an accident with a food-processing machine.

Don't eat that.....you don't know where that fingers been.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Inexperience of Troops Responsible for Sgrena Shooting

In a blatant example of a "cover their a$$" conclusion, the Italian investigators blame the shooting of Giuliana Sgrena on green troops. An unsubstantiated and generalized assertion that is virtually impossible to convincingly refute. It's a vacuous contention lacking both substance and support.

The inexperience of U.S. troops and a lack of signals at a makeshift roadblock in Baghdad contributed to the shooting death of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq, a report by Italian military and diplomatic officials said.

The officials, who helped investigate the March 4 shooting of Nicola Calipari, disputed U.S. findings that the car in which he was riding was traveling at 100 kilometers an hour and failed to heed warning shots and a spotlight on the car. Calipari, 51, was headed to the Baghdad airport with freed hostage Giuliana Sgrena, an Italian journalist wounded in the shooting.

The level of stress and inexperience may have led these soldiers to react in an instinctive way with little control,'' said the report posted on the Web site of Italy's intelligence agency.

The Italian report said it is possible the American command didn't know the exact movements of Calipari's car before the shooting, though it knew he was on a mission to try to free a hostage and was due to return to the airport that night.

They dispute the findings of the US government concering the speed of the car but apparently offer no supporting evidence whatsover. The word of a communist pacifist hell bent on muddying up the Yanks is sufficient evidence in their minds. As weak as it may be, a lack of warning signals identifying the roadblock is really their only legitimate point. The rest is rank speculation, tortured logic and specious cowpie.

Note the highlighted sentence, they are begrudgingly admitting that they failed to adequately coordinate their "operation" with American authorities.

If this is what they have...they have nothing.